Specialist Start-up Support

Are you looking for specialist support?

If you are looking to set up a hi-tech business particularly in the digital, process or advanced engineering sectors you may benefit from talking to specialist organisations who can also put you in touch with other businesses and ancillary services in their cluster.

Centre for Process Innovation

CPI is an independent technology innovation centre which translates ideas and research into successfully commercialised products and processes.

It provides open access facilities and expertise to help companies develop, prove, prototype, and scale up their innovations.

Further information available here.

Department for Business & Trade (DBT)

DBT provide advice, guidance and in some cases financial support, to firms looking to export for the first time, or to existing exporters move into new overseas markets.

Further information available here.

Materials Processing Institute

A research and Innovation Centre serving organisations which work with materials, materials processing or energy. MPI can help business by providing:

  • Access to Financial and Investment Support
  • In-depth support and training for start-ups and existing businesses

Further information available here.

North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA)

An industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England

Further information available here.

North East Process Industries Cluster (NEPIC)

Working to grow the chemical-processing sector and associated supply chain in the North East of England.

Further information available here.

Northern Offshore Energy (NOF)

NOF Energy – business development organisation working on behalf of 500 companies within the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewable sectors.

Further information available here.

Teesside University

 Located at its Darlington Campus, The Forge is Teesside University’s specialist business hub.

The courses are designed for employers seeking to develop their staff and update their sector-specific knowledge and skills. They are all delivered by expert practitioners, and informed by industry-led research.

Teesside University is also part of the Innovate Tees Valley scheme listed above.

Further information available here.

Tees Valley Securing Investment

A securing investment programme, in partnership with Tees Valley Combined Authority, that offers dedicated support to help your business access funding opportunities. It offer personalised support to strengthen your investment readiness and directly connect you with grants, funds, and private investors through the Northern Investor Hub.

Further information available here.

Tees Valley Supply Chain

Tees Valley Supply Chain can help link your business with the diverse range of exciting activity within regional, national, and global supply chains, including service and product opportunities.

Further information available here.

The Welding Institute

The TWI technology and Training Centre for the north east is located in Middlesbrough and is a world leader in underwater inspection, plastics joining, weld inspection and non-destructive testing applications.

Further information available here.

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